Belfast Telegraph

Zoe Ball left devastated as boyfriend is found dead

The body of Billy Yates, who worked as a cameraman on the Antiques Roadshow, was found at his flat in south London on Thursday night (04May17).

Zoe Ball has been left devastated by the tragic death of her 40-year-old boyfriend Billy Yates.

Zoe, 46, and Yates went public with their romance earlier this year following her split from husband of 18 years Norman Cook, with friends saying at the time that the radio DJ was "in a great place and very happy with Billy".

Yates, who worked as a cameraman on the Antiques Roadshow, was found at his flat in south London on Thursday night (04May17).

"Zoe is overcome with grief. She is completely and utterly devastated," a friend told The Sun newspaper. "Billy had made her happy again after the most horrendous year when her marriage broke down.

"This was completely out of the blue. She had no feeling that this was coming and is in total shock."

Details of Yates' passing have yet to be released, but a Metropolitan Police spokesperson told the Daily Mail Online that the death was not being treated as suspicious.

"Police were called at 6.40pm on Thursday, May 4 to a residential address in Putney following reports of a man found deceased," the representative said. "Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended. A man believed to be aged 40 was pronounced dead at the scene. The death is not being treated as suspicious."

While Zoe has yet to publicly comment on Yates' death, she did take to Instagram on Friday to share a picture of a flower, alongside the caption: "My sweet love".

Zoe and Yates were introduced by mutual friends at the BBC, and struck up a romance shortly after. Their relationship appeared to be going from strength to strength, with Zoe seen helping her beau move into his London flat earlier this year.

His tragic death also came just days after Zoe spoke to comedienne Sarah Millican at the monthly Standard Issue in Conversation event at London's Leicester Square Theatre this week, revealing how she is changing as she gets older.

"You just stop caring about stuff so much which is nice," she said. "I have had a bit of a year... I've had a bit of a year of self-discovery."

© Cover Media

Belfast Telegraph Digital

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.


From Belfast Telegraph